Slumdog Millionaire gets Pre Oscar!

8 12 2008

This movie should be a must watch for all.

Director Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was named best film of 2008 by the National Board of Review on Thursday in the first major award of the Oscar season.

Following the likes of indie films like ‘Juno’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, the board’s picks are usually considered as an indicator to the Academy Awards in February.

Having scooped up ‘Best British Independent Film’, ‘Best Director’ and actor Dev Patel as ‘Most Promising Newcomer of the Year’ at the British Independent Film Awards on 30 November, the film grossed over US$3.7 million in the United States alone.

The strengths of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ lie in its vivid cinematography, upbeat soundtrack and large cast of local talent.

“Slumdog Millionaire, with brilliant direction by Danny Boyle and incredible performances, shares a passionate story about one man’s courage and determination for the woman he loves,” said Annie Schulhof, the board’s president.

Based on the bestselling novel ‘Q&A’ by Vikas Swarup, the film tells the tale of a poor boy in India who gets a shot at winning millions on television game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” as he tried to reunite with his lost love.
Source: ChannelNewsAsia

Here is the IMDB Synopsis for the film:

“The story of Jamal Malik (Patel), an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika (Pinto), the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions. Each chapter of Jamal’s increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show’s seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out. At the heart of its exuberant storytelling lies the intriguing question of how anyone comes to know the things they know about life and love.”





How Barkha Dutt Helped the Terrorists

8 12 2008

Barkha Dutt who some say was India’s answer to Christiane Amanpour  (although Christiane is way ahead) sadly lost her composure and along with it a sense of ethical journalism. A lot of blogs out there have criticized her for her shoddy reporting. But below is an extract of the India’s Chief Admiral’s public assault on NDTV and more specifically Barkha Dutt. Read on…

“Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta on Tuesday mounted a frontal assault on the sections of the electronic media for its reckless coverage of the Mumbai attacks. In his annual press conference ahead of Navy Day on December 4, Mehta said the manner in which TV channels reported India’s worst terror strike had “tactical implications” and might have worked to the advantage of the terrorists.

“When operations were taking place, the channels were reporting that commandos were being airdropped. The terrorists were in live contact with their masters, who were keeping them informed. Such minute-by-minute coverage can be detrimental to conduct of operations. We are disturbed by such reporting.” Mehta picked holes in the coverage of the 1999 Kargil war to prove that channels have traditionally not exercised restraint in their coverage of events that have a bearing on national security.

Singling out a lady journalist from the English news channel NDTV, Mehta, who is also the chairman of chiefs of staff committee, said irresponsible coverage of the war had compromised the safety of troops and led to the death of three soldiers. He said this particular journalist had cajoled an army colonel to demonstrate the firing of an artillery gun to capture a great shot on the camera. He said the colonel was later dismissed from service.

Prannoy Roy, president, NDTV, told HT: “What he said is completely untrue and malicious. We have asked for a retraction and a public apology as this amounts to defamation.” New Delhi Television is owned by Radhika Roy who is the sister of CPI-M leader and pro-China voice Brinda Karat. CPI-M party was the only political party that had openly supported China in the 1962 war with India ansd till date has not issued an apology.

General V.P. Malik (retd), who was the army chief during the Kargil war, in his memoirs Kargil — From Surprise to Victory, had written in his book that after the war was over, he mentioned to Barkha Dutt that she had let out classified information in her “professional enthusiasm” by pointing out that the army’s next objective would be Tiger Hill.”

Source: http://www.newspostindia.com/report-61105

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Wikipedia has a controversy section of her which details her exploits during her coverage of Kargil:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barkha_Dutt#Controversies

Here is another take on her bad reporting:

http://openspace.org.in/node/811

Please let us get this woman off the air!!